Italian PM urges UK to do right thing on Brexit deal

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Giuseppe Conte under pressure from Italian exporters to ensure favourable outcome on withdrawal agreement

Italy’s prime minister, Giuseppe Conte, has urged the British government to come good on a Brexit deal but admitted it was currently “difficult to feel optimistic” amid legal wrangling over the withdrawal agreement.

“Obviously the legislative move in the UK creates tension,” said Conte, referring to Boris Johnson’s tabling of a bill that violates key elements of the agreement reached with Brussels last year.

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